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Digitising beyond the walls

Posted on 10 July 2009 by lewis brown

Thinking about digitisation on any great scale tends conjure images of archives, libraries and museums, whose job it is to collect and retain the records of our culture and history. But just as there is a growth of contemporary user-generated content online, a growing number of amateur and private collectors and historians are presenting a digitised view of the past online without involving a professional curatorial eye.

A recent... Read more

Republishing Flickr photos [Troy Donovan]

Posted on 08 July 2009 by natlib

I am producing my first book, to be published online with Blurb www.blurb.com/ it is an architecture book with buildings from America. I do not have my own images but have found images on flickr that I would like to use. What options do I have to get authorisation? Some images have been posted under creative commons, can this be transferred to print media?


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Hi Troy - we... Read more

Digital newspapers your ancestors read

Posted on 02 July 2009 by lewis brown

Quietly launching in the last week of June was a major update to Papers Past, New Zealand's largest free online digitised resource. Papers Past, featuring newspapers from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is now bigger, faster and fully text searchable thanks to Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Papers past was first launched in 2001 with quarter of a million digitised pages of New Zealand... Read more

The identity question

Posted on 02 July 2009 by jo e

Since Make It Digital launched, we've had a lot of questions from people, wondering whether they should post on behalf of their company/agency or as an individual.

For those of us who are State servants, SSC's Principles for interaction with social media are the best place to look.

Here's an excerpt:

As an agency representative

The protocols that apply when you are acting as an official representative of your agency are the same... Read more

DigitalNZ HackTest

Posted on 01 July 2009 by jo e

On Saturday the 20th of June, we ran a small DigitalNZ HackTest, a bit of a test-run before we start with the HackFests. We invited people to come along and:

Give our API a decent thrashing Whip up some code samples to help other developers kick-start their own creations Make nice stuff Consume pizza, beer and sugary confections

We are really pleased with how the the day turned out.

Here are some of the things that happened:

Brenda made... Read more

Future of the Book conference notes

Posted on 01 July 2009 by virginia

On 24-25 June, I attended the Future of the Book conference organised by the Digital Publishing Forum in Auckland.

For the sake of expediency, here are some occasional thoughts and things I took away. Hopefully the presentations will be up on the site soon so you can get a fuller picture.

Talkingtothecan (who I sat next to) has also done an excellent job of summarising some key themes. You can track back through the... Read more

Roadtest the Make it Digital Scorecard

Posted on 29 June 2009 by lewis brown

As the word of our Make it Digital site launch starts to spread, it is a great opportunity to point you to a new resource available on the site which we are really proud of. The Make it Digital Scorecard has been in development and testing over the past six months, and makes its public debut for the first time on this new site. The scorecard is designed to help organisations decide and prioritise what materials they... Read more

Free software for cataloguing images?

Posted on 25 June 2009 by natlib

Can you recommend a free software for cataloging a family photograph collection? Some of them are born digital, some are slides, negatives or prints that I have scanned. I would like to enter basic information of each photo, such as description, date, place, photographer, subject key words and formats that I keep (slide, negative, print, and file format of digital photo eg. tiff or jpeg). Would also be good of course to... Read more

Make It Digital has launched!

Posted on 24 June 2009 by jo e

We're all quite excited because our new site, Make It Digital, launched today.

The site is focused on creating and sharing New Zealand digital content, which we're tackling in two ways:

1. The Guides and Ask a Question sections are designed to help people who are trying to create new digital content, or digitise their stuff. A lot of you will have questions on how to go about digitisation and this is the place where you can ask.... Read more

Interview with Paul Hagon

Posted on 23 June 2009 by virginia

One of the questions we get asked most when working with New Zealand content creators is ‘what’s an API’?. Quickly followed by… ‘so, why would you do this?’

When a developer we’ve never met picks up on the DigitalNZ API to create a map-based interface for discovering New Zealand content, an answer starts to form.

In short, an API (Application Programming Interface) is a way for applications to talk to each other; and a way for... Read more

Correspondence of famous dead people

Posted on 20 May 2009 by natlib

If your family has some correspondence from a famous dead person, and that person has an estate that actively controls their copyright - can you digitise your family heirloom under a CC license?


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If you own unpublished material that someone else created, unless you employed or commissioned the creator, they or their estate own the copyright. You may be able to digitise the... Read more

How to license a photograph

Posted on 12 May 2009 by natlib

An author is seeking my permission to add to his publication a photograph that I have given to him as part of his research. I have no qualms about given him this permission. Can you please advise on how I can write this in a letter. [Originally asked by R A Stephens on April 06, 2009, on www.digitalnz.org]


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[Originally posted by Victoria Leachman 25 April, 2009, on... Read more

Using CC licences for out of copyright images

Posted on 11 May 2009 by natlib

My library is investigating posting some images onto Flickr. All the images will be out of copyright, but Flickr only provides the options of a creative commons licence, or all rights reserved. Neither of which reflects the nature of the content. I see that Turnbull has used the all rights reserved licence with text around the image stating that it can be used under certain conditions. Other libraries have gone... Read more

Where to get digitisation funding for small museums

Posted on 11 May 2009 by natlib

I work for a small museum, and we are looking at a project to digitise our photographic collection. Do you know of any funding that might be available for this sort of project? Does DigitalNZ offer funding? [Originally asked by Roslyn on January 23, 2009, on www.digitalnz.org]

Applying date Dublin Core metadata

Posted on 11 May 2009 by natlib

If a photograph was taken in 1968, and digitised in 2005, and uploaded into a repository in 2007, is it appropriate to export all three of these dates in the unqualified dc:date field? [Originally asked by Gordon on December 24, 2008, on www.digitalnz.org]


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Good question! We consulted with a fellow National Library staff member, who is also a member of the Dublin Core... Read more

Looking for Iwi and digitisation initiatives

Posted on 11 May 2009 by natlib

Where can I find some examples of protocols that have been well received for archiving institutions regarding their digital holdings held on behalf of Iwi? We are looking for examples where other Iwi or cultures have established those memorandums or processes and procedures related to digital 'taonga' and have addressed issues around accessibility to those digital holdings. Also who do I make contact with... Read more

How do I digitise an out of print book?

Posted on 11 May 2009 by natlib

I am looking for information on how I can have my out of print books digitised onto perhaps DVDs. I can't seem to be able to find anyone who can advise me on how this can be done and the process to do this sort of publishing. I would like to have material that can be displayed and sold on Amazon’s Kindle. [Originally asked by Leighton on December 03, 2008, on www.digitalnz.org]


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Museums and the Weblog 2009

Posted on 27 April 2009 by lewis

I have this theory that if I procrastinate long enough, I’ll be able to write an old style post on Museums and the Web (MW2009) that simply indexes everyone else’s blog posts. Meanwhile, here are the things that remain in my mind. When fellow New Zealand (and other) MW2009-ers unpack their thoughts, we can join them up for a fuller picture.

Sites of interest

There were many, not all digital. Some I came across through... Read more

National Digital Forum 2009 Conference

Posted on 21 April 2009 by lucy!

The 8th annual National Digital Forum conference will be held in Wellington on Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 November 2009 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

The National Digital Forum (NDF) is a coalition of museums, archives, art galleries, libraries and government departments with more than 130 member organisations committed to collectively building New Zealand’s culture and heritage online.

This year’s... Read more

NZ copyright status flowchart (photographs) - updated

Posted on 07 April 2009 by virginia

Last month we posted the first version of a tool for determining the New Zealand copyright status of photographs for you to use and comment on. The updated version is now available for you to use and share:

Download the flowchart for determining the NZ copyright status of photographs

Your responses, both in the comments and by email to us, was amazing. Thank you.

We'll be turning our attention to more... Read more

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